I've been longing for a root cellar for quite some time. I grew up in the northern US and am now living nearly in Florida and root cellars are unheard of here. Even basements are few and far between, and how I even miss having a basement!
We have a hill I'd like to dig into for this and I imagine if it's deeper then normal it would stay cool enough, but the biggest problem I foresee are fire ants!
Anyone have any advice for fixing this problem?
Not sure about the fire ants, but I have a thread on here about the earthbag storm shelter/root cellar we are currently building, if that would help you at all.
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I actually saw something the other day that looked like it might work in that situation. Someone took a broken refrigerator, and stuck it into a dug-out portion of a hill to keep it cool. Then they used the fridge as their root cellar, and it was safe from the elements and critters.
I like the refrigerator idea, especially due to the fire ants. I was hoping to get some good ideas about something that could double as a storm shelter since we do get tornadoes through here now and again. I'm still looking into this topic more, thanks ladies!
Have you seen the storm shelter / root cellar that is linked in this thread? I don't know how it would hold up to fire ants, but I've heard that earth-bags are REALLY good at keeping bugs out once everything is sealed.
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